It is quite a strange feeling being a Kopite at the moment. Never in my lifetime have I watched a Liverpool team that I am so convinced will win every game. Never have I felt so secure at 1-0. One man that doesn’t get enough credit for this security is the skipper – Garth Crooks has heaped praise on the “quite remarkable” Jordan Henderson turnaround.
This weekend saw The Reds beat their old rivals 2-0 at Anfield. Manchester United arrived at Anfield without a hope in the world and left with even less.
Virgil van Dijk’s imperious first half header killed the game dead, Mo Salah’s injury time compounder and Alisson Becker’s symbolic celebration rubbed salt in Mancunian wounds.
But one man stood out more than most – Man of the Match Jordan Henderson.
The captain was relentless as ever, he was everywhere on the pitch – picking off attacks before they started and using the ball with his typical efficiency.
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Garth Crooks picked Jordan Henderson, along with Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk, in his team of the week. The BBC pundit wrote of the captain:
“When you consider there were moments last season when Jordan Henderson was struggling to make the first XI it’s quite remarkable to think he’s now the first player you would pencil in Liverpool’s team. Henderson is a model professional and in the true mould of Anfield greats. He always lets his team-mates take the applause.”
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These are big words from Crooks. However, it appears that the Anfield faithful has been completely sold on Henderson in the last couple of years.
For some reason there was a sort of block. We just couldn’t fully commit to him or fully adore him as our captain for a while.
This phenomenon is likely attributable to him following Steven Gerrard, the hardest captaincy to follow in living memory.
Now Jordan Henderson has established himself as an icon of the club, a soon to be legend. He will surely lift an embarrassment of trophies in the next few seasons and he fully deserves to.